Goessel breaks ground for facilities addition

 A group of junior high girls take their turn breaking ground for the new building addition at Goessel High School. With multiple groups taking their turn with the shovels, USD 411-Goessel broke ground Friday evening for their $3.3 million facilities improvement project.

The major part of the project will be the construction of new facilties for the agricultural science, natural sciences and family and consumer science departments. The addition is innovative in that it will serve all three departments by coordinating their complementary areas of specialization

Additional projects include renovating the main office, replacing windows, tuckpoint sealing and building a storm shelter at the grade school.

Superintendent John Fast led Friday?s ceremony, which was part of the district?s annual Fall Sports Preview Night. Fast made a point of acknowledging a variety of groups that contributed one way or another to a 96 percent favorable bond vote in April.

Most of those groups represented in the crowd of about 200 people had the opportunity to turn over some dirt as well. A pile of fresh dirt was dumped in the parking lot where construction will occur, making the job of breaking ground much easier.

At Fast?s invitation, board members, city council members, planning committee participants and students took their turn with the shovels.

Fast was persistent to get student participation, and members of the Bluebird football team and junior high volleyball team stepped forward.

?This project is for them,? he said.

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